Recently I've been spending a lot of my spare time volunteering on the See Monster. It's an old oil rig that's been transformed into an outdoor public art installation with many art sculptures, and is open to the public to visit.
The See Monster is 35m tall and it wows all the visitors. When I'm stationed at the reception, I love seeing peoples' faces light up in awe and their cries of Wow when they walk into the venue. This is even more spectacular in the evenings.
Visitors climb the staircase up the 35m tall rig, or they can also take the lift. My favourite part is the walkway that takes you around the rig going one level up. That's gives a fantastic high level view of the surroundings.
Here's the walkway which is suspended on the side of the See Monster and takes visitor from the first to second level. The object at the top is the wind turbine called the WindNest. And the big ring on the bottom right is the 10m wide Cloud Portal.
The Cloud Portal is another art installation, and it mimics clouds producing rain. Every few minutes visitors can experience the unpredictable British rainy weather when it spits out a mist of rain.
This art sculpture is the Solar Tree and is located on the second level called the Garden Lab. The renewable energy it, and the WindNest produces is used to run some of the systems on the platform .
This is another area in the Garden Lab, and one that is most popular with visitors. The tube you see is the slide coming down from the upper level. It's a really thrilling experience to slide from 35m down a level, the kids and young at heart loves it.
And finally we arrive at the top level, the Helideck. There's a lift that take visitors to all the levels, and the entrance is on the right. Many visitors think the Helideck is scary and windy, but in fact its the most peaceful of all levels.
Visitors can sit at the amphitheater and admire the beautiful sea view ahead. Sometimes the organisers hold events up here, such as Tai Chi classes and poetry reading. The slide is behind the amphitheater and visitors love going down the 10m slide.
On the front of the See Monster is a Kinetic sculpture that consists of 6000 pieces of shimmering scales. Sometimes when the wind blows into it, you can hear the light tinkling sound which is very soothing.
Everytime I come on the See Monster, I always take lots of photos as the whole structure is so photogenic. There's always a new angle or the weather creates a different view that I hadn't noticed before. The contrast between day and night is also fascinating.
For anyone that's in the UK, I would highly recommend a visit to the See Monster. One, because I'm told such a kind of project is the world's first. Second, it's one of the largest outdoor art installation in UK. Third it's totally free and you don't need to book in advance (but you do have to check the weather in case it's closed when the weather is bad). And finally, it's only around till 5th November. After that, it will be decommissioned and gone forever.
For those who can't make it, I'm hoping to do a video later on to show you around, and will talk a bit more about my volunteering experience here.
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